It's Harvest Time, Baby!
By Luckner Timothee
Dec 23, 2012 - 11:07:00 AM
The author with two bunches of bananas
It is finally the end of the year and I can say without any doubt
that “2012” has truly been a learning experience for me. I have shared quite a
few things, explained their purposes and suggested some interesting fruit trees
you should add to your garden for various purposes.
This year we had to combat with the devastating effects of
Hurricane Sandy and it made me realize that we do live in
a really weat
her-active area during the summer which makes farming a little more difficult,
but not impossible.
I have written about herbs and bush medicine the majority of this
year, which is why I want to focus more on growing food as we go for
ward. We have too many lawns
in The Bahamas and I think it’s time someone takes the initiative and helps
change the mindset of our people into realizing the potential of their land.
Minister Darville and his administration may speak of farming
on a grand scale, but it’s farmers like myself who must take the lead in this
movement. Food independence must start at home.
It's not a political issue, but a people’s issue. Why do
we wait until something disastrous happens, like major hurricanes, before we do
something as basic as farming? Until we the people decide that the cost of
buying groceries in food stores is too high, until the people decide that our
food should not be coated in a toxic mud bath for us to serve our children,
until we decide that we cannot be a fast
-food nation like our neighbors, we
will never become independent. I do agree that some of us are fortunate to have
ideal soil and some of us in The Bahamas don't, but the one thing Bahamians
cannot do is make excuses as to why they can't grow their own food.
I think BAIC Chairman Arnold Forbes was right when he said earlier
this year that, “food security is a major concern for The Bahamas," but I wonder
when will the Bahamian people realize this. The agenda of food security can be
pushed by the government, but if the people don’t realize the problem, the
issue will never fully be addressed.
this year it was said that The Bahamas has about 1000 farms compared to the
10,000 farms we had during the 1960’s. I think
The Bahamas government
on a census from the 1960’s is rather nostalgic while Bahamians are becoming
more and more eager to eat locally. Grand
scale farming will never be what it once was in The Bahamas while the people are
still oblivious to the concept of farming. And while
we try to understand what happened, our children are still unhealthy eaters and
obesity continues to rise.
Lunch boxes of most children in The Bahamas are filled with
unhealthy snacks, not food and we wonder why diabetes is slowing becoming The
Bahamas biggest killer
? If we don’t teach our children the healthy
approaches to eating then the next generation will be a nation of diabetics and
we will be the ones held responsible.
Next year I will spend my time helping people who are
interested in backyard farming, to finally begin the process of growing their
own food. I have tested many methods in my backyard garden and all have worked.
Aside from growing food, I had to start looking at my garden from
a scientific prospective to understand what was going on with the soil. I have
grown turnips, tomatoes, lettuce, arugula, Swiss chards, potatoes, carrots,
cabbages, radishes, romaine, celery, broccoli, cantaloupe, collards, cilantro
and Kohl Rabi with great success. But what was happening after I harvested
these crops was the most important part of maintaining a healthy garden. These
are just some of the issues I want to write about into next year.
And although I have been very successful, I am still learning and
so will you. We will look at a lot of stuff from feeding your
soil and not just your plants, to fruits that most people didn’t know were
native to The Bahamas. I have tried almost everything in one year that I can
and I have grown food. I am no guru, so therefore you can do it as well
. Won’t you start with me?
I believe with every journey in life it takes but one step. When are you going to take that step, that finally step to becoming a
? Next year I am planning on cutting
my household food
bill by half on the produce that we buy monthly.
You should too!
So as I end the year of 2012 I will be harvesting my crops and
enjoying them with my family and friends. I hope next year most of you will be
able to do the same. Come with me and take that step in finally starting
your very own garden. I will do my best to help you and answer any questions you may
I want to wish you and yours a safe
holiday and hopefully next year this time the food you are eating will be the
ones you have grown like I am doing this holiday season. Join me next month on
how to start a garden. I will also
uring interviews with people
that are backyard farmers.
Grown in Grand Bahama
About the Author:
Luckner Timothee is a backyard Farmer in Grand Bahama since starting
his garden a few years ago he has wooed his friends with his produce and
creative farming ideas. He continually learns from his friends and
family about the process of farming and the struggles that a farmer goes
through daily. He is now working on a Web show called “Let’s Grow
Bahamas” to be released on “Grand Bahama Backyard Farmers”. He is
attending seminars in order to meet other farmers around the world and
to further his knowledge about Farming. To contact Luckner Timothee
email him at:
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